Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Ian Fults, Jonathan Colbon
Podcast length: 1:02:42
Rem considers this to be worthy successor to the first Avengers movie and the culmination of a multi-movie story arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ian loved how ‘Ultron’ hit the ground running and keep the action and pace throughout the entire movie. Jonathan loves the dialogue written by Joss Whedon and enjoyed the tie in with Marvels Agents of Shield. We particularly enjoyed the voice and character of James Spader as Ultron.
Jonathan found the plot a bit simplistic and didn’t have a whole lot of depth. It was a bit difficult to really grasp the intentions of Ultron and his ultimate plan. Really, there didn’t seem to be one.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is a great movie and we suggest you go see it, and the sooner, the better. It’s a fun action movie with heart and well developed characters. It’s certainly best if you’ve watched the previous movies, but you could still go in cold with no knowledge and still enjoy it.
Director: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
Mark Ruffalo – Bruce Banner / Hulk
Chris Evans – Steve Rogers / Captain America
Scarlett Johannson – Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner – Clint Barton / Hawkeye
James Spader – Ultron
Samuel L. Jackson – Nick Fury
Don Cheadle – James Rhodes / War Machine
Elizabeth Olsen – Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Paul Bettany – Jarvis / The Vision
Cobie Smulders – Maria Hill
Rem was a guest on a recent episode of the Podcasters Group Therapy Podcast-
Oh man!! I wish I could go out and see this (and Ex-Machina) and give my input before the recording! I’m suffering from some demon cold/flu and don’t want to subject my fellow moviegoers to coughs, sneezes and sniffling. *sigh* Next time…
Liz Irwin I felt well enough to se ex-machina and Avengers tomorrow. So excited. Can’t wait for you guys to review ex-machina!!!
That opening scene was way too CG heavy, and way too obviously CG-heavy. To future Marvel movie people: You don’t have to go bigger. Just go better.
I loved this movie, great time, definitely have to see it twice. With that being said, I have to see it twice because there was sooo much going on, there was very little time to breathe. an example of this is the scene that got us all hyped to see the the movie, the hulk-buster vs hulk, it was a great scene but it was at the tail end of another crazy action scene, just very overwhelming, not saying there was too much action but it could have been spaced apart a bit more. Im glad we got interactions between all the characters here, but because of this I felt the movie could have been longer honestly, because they tried to pack in so much in 2 1/2hrs that some aspects of the film fell short. One of these being Ultron, in the trailer he was made out to be this great ominous all knowing demon AI, but the first scene he had with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver made all that unknown terror quality to him quickly fade…he was just as snarky as stark and that never was explained, why would an AI have Stark’s personality? And be just as flawed with his thinking? Why did he compile all of his battle droids on the his makeshift meteor without dispersing them all over the world? And for all the hate he had towards humans he sure didn’t try hard not to look like them..why does a supreme AI need eyes and a mouth? I don’t know, his motivation for doing all this got lost along the way and there was never a clear explanation as to what his plan would be after he blew everything up, i dont like blatant exposition but man it would definitely helped here to make a solid villain out of Ultron that we don’t forget. The title of the movie is “Age of Ultron” when really it felt like “Few days of Ultron”. I am for sure going to see this again and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. AND WATCH THAT LANGUAGE!
I’ve never read the comics, but after seeing this movie this week I started. While I did feel some of the action went on a bit too long (the Hulk sequences seem to go on foreeeeeeeeeeever….) overall I felt satisfied with what I saw for the price. I absolutely loved Vision. I could not be happier to see Paul Bettany on the screen. I missed Loki . My only serious criticism of this film might be that they are straying a bit too far from the story and too much into the action sequence sequel pissing contest. Like Seth said, they can make it better without it necessarily being bigger. I might even say this film came a bit too close to the action type of movie I would put Transformers in. It didn’t quite sink that low, but I felt the threat was there. Joss Whedon, HEAD MY WORDS…..stop hanging out in the director’s lounge with Mike Bay. He will lead you astray! I’ve turned to the comics because I was so intrigued by the character Ultron, I just wish they could have cut out 15 minutes of Hulk roaring and spent 15 more minutes exploring him instead. Thanks for your work, boys! I’m itching to hear this one!
Overall, I did enjoy Age of Ultron. But does a couple of frenetic days count as an “age”?
I’m not going to go on a long rant here. I did that last week with Into Darkness. I will say that the Hulk-Buster scene was worth the price of admission. I wanted more of the Black Widow/Bruce Banner courtship. And Tony Stark’s character actually regressed from the end of Iron Man 3.
Thing is, fellas; I’m worried that as these Marvel movies get more and more intricate (on a character level), they lose something important…heart.
Want a frenetic Marvel movie with tons o’ heart? Guardians of the Galaxy did it for me last summer.
I can’t speak to the comics, I’m just a movie-goer. I liked it, I liked the humour and the performances. I grow a little tired of the Avengers battling a rampaging horde of identical enemies that seem to act without individuality but I also get that when you have that many super people on a team the most obvious way to give them a challenge is throw an endless supply of Zerglings at them.
It was a new twist focusing more on protecting civilians at least.
What is it with Avengers and constant parallels to Nazi Germany? Last time it was people kneeling to Loki which was done brilliantly and this time it was “peace in our time”. Am I to believe Tony Stark doesn’t know what that phrase actually means? What it refers to? It references an epic mistake on the cusp of the worst war the world has seen. It’s a statement of ignorant folly. Was it tongue in cheek and just not made plain to the audience or was Tony just unaware of history? I don’t care about the playboy lifestyle, if your father was Howard Stark I think you’d know some of the key highlights of WWII. I get that it’s source material is comics that may be a little dated but that only makes ignorance of a key moment of the war less understandable.
I also really liked how Agents Of SHIELD tied in as well. That show really knows how to set up a movie. The tie-in with Captain America 2 was great…when the code decrypted to read HYDRA was just an epic reveal. This time is was just hilarious…
“It’s time to call in The Avengers”
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“Well, that was a helluva week”.
Great film! I really dug it. One point I think made some people uncomfortable (and take a highly unusual pseudo feminist argument) is the budding romance between Black Widow and Banner. I’ve seen the argument that Widow has been reduced to a love interest, and I think this is dead wrong. Usually in a film when a woman is aggressively pursuing a man, she’s either deranged, desperate, or promiscuous. Not so in this film: she’s a strong woman who knows what she wants, and it’s Banner who is the vulnerable one. I think that turned off some movie goers, but I was pretty thrilled with it.
The Geek Likes
Ultron is an alternate universe Cyberdyne Systems AI AND Terminator mashed-up into one neat package.
I liked parts of it but as a whole, I really feel like something was missing from this movie. Oh yea, the hour worth of footage that was cut that would have probably helped explain some things a bit more (like the whole water hole/dream scene with Thor). I did feel like I watched the first Avengers again just robots replacing aliens. Did it live up to the hype? Well depends on who’s hype. Did it live up to the hype I myself made for it, most certainly not. I was expecting Ultron to be much more menacing instead of expecting him to start sneezing from travel allergies Overall it’s an entertaining movie with some holes for sure but worth checking out for the Hulkbuster scene at least.
Joshua K. Reardon
I felt that the movie was a lot of fun, but ultimately didn’t live up to the first. They threw a lot at the wall and don’t get me wrong, a lot of it stuck, but I came away feeling something was missing.
Maybe It was that I felt Ultron didn’t seem to have the gravitas of previous villains (he felt a lot flatter than Loki, but then Loki also had a whole movie to establish his character even before he was the villain in Avengers). James Spader did an amazing job with the voice but he didn’t seem as sinister as I was hoping. I really enjoyed the Vision however, although I was a little stunned to learn that they were making his solar gem the Mind gem. Plus, you have to question the wisdom of Thanos. He’s spending all this time trying to get agents to gather the Infinity gems for him, then we learn he’ll “Just do it himself”. Why didn’t he just do that in the first place? And, why would he GIVE AWAY the Mind Gem to Loki?
I just got home from seeing Age of Ultron for the second time and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. It is truly refreshing to see a superhero action flick that puts a focus on saving lives, instead of just allowing the collateral damage to pile up. I know this is not the first movie to show a high regard for civilian lives, but it definitely puts it in the front and center for the entire movie. I did find plot to be pretty thin in the area of Ultron’s motivation. Why exactly did he think destroying the world was his reason for existing? Where did the evilness come from? Was it part of Stark’s flawed programming, or did it come from the files he retrieved from Strucker?
This film as a whole was enjoyable, but it didn’t seem to hold up as well as the first avengers film. I have not read this comic arc so I did not know what to expect, but I was hoping for more tension between Stark & Banner. There were funny parts, and there was great action as well. I am over the action so fast that you can’t discern what is happening. That’s what is so refreshing about the Daredevil series on Netflix. It is all real fighting. I know it is not practical to expect them to build 1000 iron man suits with 1000 extras and build jet packs for them all to fly, but I just felt a bit overwhelmed at times with how quickly the action progressed. It was still a very fun movie to watch and I would recommend it.
Feedback for Metropolis…
I enjoyed the discussion of Metropolis. I especially liked it when you played the music that probably influenced John Williams.
A couple of other John Williams related music items:
If you want to hear what sounds like the Jaws theme listen to the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.
Supermen’s theme can be heard in the Mars movement from The Planets by Gustav Holst.
Thanks again for the great podcast.
Nice work on the Metropolis special of the Sci-Fi Movie Podcast! Dr Who’s Cybermen also pull a lot of influence from the Metropolis robot.
I just listened to the podcast for Metropolis! (1927) Love this movie! I saw it about 5 to 8 years ago and have been meaning to buy it on dvd or blu-ray. Would love to see some making of featurettes and commentaries on this one!
I should probably use a phrase like “incredible mastery of craft” but this movie is just so complete at everything. A lot of the scenes are absurd but also beautiful and what are they saying? Machine man relationships, class divides hmmm ….And then bang…Tower of Babel, white uncluttered background, it’s all outside with better special effects and the movie gives itself context, but only after building it’s world.
However the music is incredible and these guys were probably creating the techniques as they needed them. I did think a few times when watching that Leonardo DiCaprio would be well suited to as reboot, which I would have thought is a bad idea, but so many recent reboots have been great, and personally a break away from Marvel would be welcome.
I also mentioned the Tower of Babel as that’s where I paused it, I’m writing this email and then I am going to watch another 20 minutes or so and wait for your Podcast. This movie is really enjoyable but it is a hard work and I feel I would appreciate it better. Thanks for putting this on your show, or I might never have gotten around to watching it.
As a parent I have gotten particularly good at ignoring my own bad habits but having watched this movie, wow I look at my phone and table way to much…kept having to rewind to see if I’d missed a title. My wife also recently got Polish Oscar winner “Ida” so it looks my week has more 4:3 black and white genius to enjoy.
All the best,
Alternate ending to Star Trek Into Darkness?
Brian Campbell Thank you, Rem, for an awesome read of my post!
One last idea for what could have been: Imagine Cumberbatch’s character working towards the rescue and “waking up” of his crew-cicles as he did throughout the movie. Only that he is NOT Kahn. Now imagine the last shot of a frozen compatriot, with frost tinged skin, suddenly opening their eyes as the camera pans back to reveal an embossed tag on the hibernation chamber…[Khan Noonien Singh] …end credits.
Thanks to Jodie for posting this:
Ring World, Babylon 5, 2001 and Halo
Nicholas Jensen wrote in and says…
I saw that you added eXistenZ to your upcoming reviews and I’m really excited to hear your thoughts on that movie, I’ve liked it for a long time but I think it easily falls through the cracks. I was listening to your 2013 Review and was reminded of a Smackdown edition that you could do. When you discussed Deep Impact and Armageddon and how they came out at the same time with similar plots, I immediately thought of Red Planet and Mission to Mars, both from 2000. I saw that you had both movies in your upcoming movie list and think you should do a Mission to the Red Planet Smackdown. The plots of these two movies are not as similar as Deep Impact and Armageddon but two movies coming out in the same year about going to Mars and finding life/aliens there is odd. I own both movies and I’ve re-watched Red Planet numerous times, Mission to Mars not so much. Both have good casts, but on paper Mission to Mars seems like it should’ve turned out better with Brian de Palma directing and with, arguably, the better cast. Give me Red Planet over Mission to Mars any day, but that’s my opinion, both are sort of guilty pleasures. Keep up the great reviews!
(from Nicholas Jensen)
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